Acknowledging the problem of racism, and the privilege and self-questioning associated with racism were two of the top themes discussed in nine “kitchen style” Community Conversations held recently with 42 community members. There was also a recognition that our community needs more structure around diversity, equity, and inclusion and needs to be more representative of our community.
Conducted as part of DEI UNITED, a partnership between the Albuquerque Community Foundation and United Way of Central New Mexico, Community Conversations are intended to help inform how philanthropy can best contribute to race equity and social justice solutions. They provide a place where people in the community can come together to talk about their aspirations, concerns, and discuss how they want their community to move forward.
The first set of conversations was completed this fall, the next set will begin in early 2021.